The Indian residential school system was funded by the Canadian federal government and administered by different Canadian churches, one of which was the Anglican Church of Canada. From the 1870s until the last school closed in 1996, at least 150,000 First Nations, Inuit and Métis children attended residential schools across Canada, where they were subjected to systemic mistreatment and abuse.
Established in 2008 to confront the legacy of residential schools, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) formally came to a close in June 2015. During its seven years of work, the TRC interviewed thousands of survivors, documenting their experiences along with their resilience and perseverance in the face of policies that the commission has referred to as “cultural genocide.” The TRC’s final report included 94 Calls to Action to advance the process of healing and reconciliation.
In this series of videos, Indigenous and non-Indigenous members of the Anglican Church of Canada explain why the TRC matters to them.